Notes About Length: Folk Tale


Why does Disney tone down the gruesomeness of the original Brothers Grimm fairytales? Or those stories that are based off real events but toned way down so as not to scare the children? Surely children in this day and age can handle as much gore and violence as they used to since these are still children's' tales. They teach valuable life lessons and are examples of ancient culture.

For example, Mulan is about a young woman who goes to war in place of her father. Disney plays it pretty close to the original story, which is true, except for the slight addition of a talking dragon lizard thing because why not. Not only that, but they fail to mention after the war, she is forced to become a concubine for the king and ultimately ends up committing suicide.

Pocahontas is about overcoming racism through the power of love and compassion. Nice try Disney, but the real Pocahontas was actually twelve years old, was raped, and was brought back to England by a thirty something year old John Smith. Soon after, she was poisoned and murdered. Very different from the story we see on the big screen.

I don't know why I'm rambling. I just am. I don't like that fairy tales are rated down to a younger audience. Maybe this is a strategy for my post about folk talks and length, or maybe I'm just bitter.

Who knows.

Anyway, I've always wanted to write a fairy tale so here we go.

Folk Tale: Evergreen Dreamwalker

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